Petals on the Wind

2014

Drama / Horror / Romance / Thriller

5
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 46%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 3534

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Cast

Rose McIver as Cathy Dollanganger
Heather Graham as Corrine Winslow
Ellen Burstyn as Olivia Foxworth
Dylan Bruce as Bart Winslow
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

Lacks flow but still watchable for a TV movie

It's 1970 ten years after the attic. The siblings Cathy (Rose McIver), Christopher (Wyatt Nash), and Carrie Dollanganger (Bailey Buntain) escaped to a better life with Dr. Paul Sheffield. Corrine (Heather Graham) has married Bart Winslow (Dylan Bruce) who still doesn't know the existence of her children. Olivia Foxworth (Ellen Burstyn) is bedridden and is at the mercy of Corrine. Cathy and Christopher are still attracted to each other. Cathy is dancing ballet and runs to possessive abusive fellow dancer Julian Marquet (Will Kemp). Christopher has sweet Sarah Reeves (Whitney Hoy), the daughter of his mentor. Meanwhile Carrie is getting picked on at the private school and desperately wants parental guidance. Cathy has a son with Julian but he's killed in a car crash. Minister Alex Conroy (Ross Philips) proposes to Carrie but she has great doubts about herself. Carrie invites Corrine to her wedding but she rejects her. Carrie can't take it any more and eats a rat poison donut just like her twin brother. That's the bullet points for the first half.

As with most novel adaptation, it is difficult to boil everything down and come up with a flowing story. This TV movie feels abrupt and jarring. It hits on the bullet points and has very little connective tissue to tie everything together. The actors are very capable led by Rose McIver. She carries most of this well. Wyatt Nash is not as compelling and comes off as wooden. Heather Graham has a lessened role and Ellen Burstyn has even less to do. Burstyn is reduced to a few scenes in bed with heavy makeup. As a TV movie, it's reasonable but not that great.

Reviewed by momluvshilary 10 / 10

They rocked it

Awesome. I expected a part 2 to not be as good as the first But it was just awesome. They almost could have made 2 movies out of it cuz it moved so quickly- but that's only cuz it made you want more when it was over. Great job by robin lippin Csa.I'm a huge Lizzie McGuire fan. Robin did an AWESOME JOB - the older Cathy looked so much like the younger - when she'd turn her head at times she looked just like the young Cathy in FITA. with a plot of this going on and on you could almost do a mini series or a series - generation after generation--- very well done. Heather graham did so good with that crazed look in her eyes-- the girl who played Carrie was just beautiful. All the actors did a wonderful job- I was just so impressed and I never review movies or put things online about a movie- I just loved it.

Reviewed by wes-connors 5 / 10

Young, Restless and Related

In the January "Lifetime" TV Movie "Flowers in the Attic" (2014), three blonde siblings finally escaped from their attic prison in a Virginia mansion. They had been held there by fanatical grandmother Ellen Burstyn (as Olivia), who considered them "the Devil's spawn." The kid's self-absorbed mother Heather Graham (as Corrine) lent her blessings to the abduction. For this "Petals on the Wind" sequel story, the older actresses reprise their roles. However, the "Dollanganger" children have grown into Rose McIver (as Cathy), Wyatt Nash (as Christopher) and Bailey Buntain (as Carrie). Luck changed for the kids as they were quickly adopted by a wealthy man; they spent ten happy years in his custody. As you may recall, incest ran rampant in the Dollanganger family. Being trapped together while coming of age, the eldest two siblings became sexually intimate...

We're not sure what happened during the missing ten years, but the goal was clearly for the children to lead a normal, non-incestuous life. This leads to a major weakness in the story. After "falling in love" during the first movie, "Cathy" and "Chris" live together for ten years. What happened then doesn't seem to match the ensuing story, which involves the very attractive sister and brother fighting off their sexual attraction. They simply pick up at the maturity level from a decade earlier, as if no living had occurred in ten years. After we see Ms. McIver and Mr. Nash try to settle down with other partners, the story moves on to cover McIver's attempt to get even with her mother – for the sinful neglect and imprisonment committed in the first movie. These are the two main story lines in this second in a series of adaptations of Virginia C. Andrews' popular novels...

Out of the Attic, the characters move too quickly from one situation to the next. We know little about the ten year gap and are crammed with current events. While the original performers are missed, McIver and Nash are well-cast. Likewise attractive, young Miss Buntain is referred to as a "freak" by school-girls for looking weird and carrying a doll. In fact, she looks like a beautiful "girl woman" under model-worthy make-up and wigs. We don't see much of Ms. Burstyn and Ms. Graham is two dimensional. Those who appreciate the male physique will be delighted with Nash and two additional shirt-shedding hunks – amorous Dylan Bruce (as Bart Winslow) and aggressive Will Kemp (as Julian Marquet). Director Karen Moncrieff and her crew handle it all in the "soap opera" style. Perhaps "Lifetime" should return to "Peyton Place" – or somewhere close.

***** Petals on the Wind (5/26/14) Karen Moncrieff ~ Rose McIver, Wyatt Nash, Heather Graham, Dylan Bruce

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